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Cabinet empowers Board of Directors of PSEs to undertake Disinvestment

By IndianMandarins- 19 May 2022
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New Delhi (19.05.2022): The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for empowering Board of Directors of the Holding / Parent Public Sector Enterprises to recommend and undertake the process for Disinvestment -- both strategic disinvestment as well as minority stake sale -- or closure of any of their subsidiaries / units / stake in JVs.
The Cabinet has also empowered Alternative Mechanism to accord ‘in principle’ approval for disinvestment (both strategic disinvestment and minority take sale) / closure of subsidiaries / units /sale of stakes in JVs of Holding / Parent PSEs [except the disinvestment (minority stake sale) of Maharatna PSEs which was delegated to them and review the process of disinvestment / closure by Parent / Holding PSEs.
The process for undertaking the strategic disinvestment transactions / closures to be followed by the PSEs should be open, based on the principles of competitive bidding and consistent with the guiding principles to be laid down.  For strategic disinvestment, such guiding principles will be laid down by DIPAM. For closure, DPE shall issue guiding principles.
Therefore, approval of the Cabinet / CCEA was needed by Holding / Parent CPSEs, for disinvestment (both strategic disinvestment and minority stake sale) / closure of their subsidiaries / units or sale of their stakes in a JV, irrespective of the size of operations/capital deployed of such subsidiaries, etc.  In line with the spirit of the new PSE policy, 2021 to minimize the presence of Government PSEs and for functional requirements, further delegation in this matter has been provided through this decision. This will result in expeditious decision making and saving of wasteful operational/financial expenditure by the PSEs.

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